Sport doesn’t get any better with the Cheltenham Festival. I’ve been waiting for the race for quite some time now. However, streaming might get a bit daunting since ITV is geo-blocked outside the UK. Well, a couple of years ago, I was blocked while trying to watch Endeavour simply because I live abroad. Not anymore. Now, I’m here to help you out if you’re facing the same problem. Wherever you may be, clear your calendars from March 12 till March 15. This is how you can stream the 2019 Cheltenham Festival live anywhere.
I’m sorry to inform you guys, but even though the channel is free, you can’t access its content if you’re located outside the UK. Even if you’re a UK citizen, the fact that your abroad is what counts.
Once you leave the country and connect to the internet, your IP address will change to become a local one. IP addresses are what streaming channels use to determine your location. If you’re not in its area of coverage, you’ll receive a geo-error message just like I did years ago. Here’s what’s popping up on your screen when you stream ITV abroad:
“This video isn’t available right now. Check out our Shows section for more great programmes.”
“We’ve detected that you’re outside the UK. The ITV Hub is only available for viewing in the UK.”
I got encouraged by the first one actually. I really thought I could watch something else while overseas. Yeah, you can imagine the disappointment when I figured out that wasn’t true. However, that didn’t stop me. I did my research and came out with the perfect way to bypass regional restrictions, a Virtual Private Network.
How to Sign Up for a Free ITV Account outside the UK?
Let’s make it clear. Just because ITV offers its content for free, doesn’t mean you can roam around and watch right ahead. Before you can do so, you have to create a free account. If you don’t know your way around, let me guide you through it.
On the home page, tap on “Sign in” at the top of the screen.
This will redirect you to where you can create an account. Click on “Sign Up Now”.
This is an easy part, submit your details as asked for. Use “WC1X 0AA” as a Postcode.
Check the Terms and Condition section.
Now, from your email, follow the link sent by ITV to confirm.
You’re all done. You’ve successfully created a free ITV account.
A valid account will do you no good if you’re outside the United Kingdom. Let’s move on to the unblocking process now.
Stream Cheltenham Festival Live Online using VPN
You’re still wondering how to watch the Festival while in the US, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere outside the UK, right? Let me give you a proper introduction worthy of such internet security tool.
A VPN channels your traffic through secure servers and encrypt your data as long as you have a connection present. Once you connect, you’ll appear to be browsing from the region where the server is located. If it’s in the UK, you get a British IP address instead of your currently-cloaked one. As a result, you gain access to UK-based services like Channel 5, BBC iPlayer, and of course, ITV.
It doesn’t take tech skills to unblock ITV abroad. Just follow this step by step walkthrough and you’ll be watching the 2019 Cheltenham Festival in no time:
To start the process, you need to pick a credible VPN and sign up for their service. ExpressVPN is highly recommended by yours truly.
On their website, get their VPN application and install on the device you wish to stream the 2019 Cheltenham Festival on.
When the app is up and ready, sign in with your newly created VPN account.
Connect to a UK server. You’ll have to wait a bit to establish a connection.
Now, launch ITV‘s website or their dedicated app.
Finally, you can now stream the Cheltenham Festival 2019 live anywhere.
ExpressVPN is one of the top VPNs to unblock ITV Hub outside the UK. They consider their customers’ privacy with a strict no-log policy. As for their services, they provide a 30-day refund guarantee in case you weren’t impressed. You can also use other VPN services to watch the 2019 Cheltenham Festival live online.
How to Watch 2019 Cheltenham Festival Free Live Online with Smart DNS
A VPN isn’t doing it for you? You’re losing too much speed when you’re connecting to a server? Then Smart DNS is what you’re looking for. Smart DNS proxy bypasses regional restrictions as good as a VPN does. However, what differs here is the added security.
Smart DNS exists strictly to circumvent geo-blocks. It doesn’t add an extra layer of protection, neither does it hide your identity while online. If you’re an avid streamer that’s just looking to binge-watch, this is what you need.
Another benefit of Smart DNS is that it can be configured on all sorts of devices. You’re not limited to what a VPN is compatible with. That said, let’s take a look at how to unblock ITV with Smart DNS:
You do need a credible provider to get this service. That’s why I recommend using Unlocator.
Once you subscribe to their 7-day free trial, follow their setup guides based on the platform you’re streaming the festival on.
Once done, go back to ITV’s website or its ITV app.
Sign in with your ITV account and stream the 2019Cheltenham free live wherever you are.
Unlocator has been around for quite some time now. Ever since its debut back in 2013, it has reached the top of the industry. It offers a 7-day free trial and over 230 channels to be unblocked with its service. You can literally say that it is one of the best Smart DNS services out there.
Cheltenham Festival 2019 Schedule
You can find the full schedule of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival below:
Day One (March 12)
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
The Ultima Handicap Chase
The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
The Mares’ Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy)
The National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase
The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
Day Two (March 13)
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race
The RSA Insurance Novices’ Steeple Chase
The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase
The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race)
Day Three (March 14)
The JLT Novices’ Chase
The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
The Ryanair Chase
The Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle
The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase)
The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase
Day 4 (March 15)
The JCB Triumph Hurdle
The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
ITV PLAYER SUPPORTED DEVICES
You can stream the 2019 Cheltenham Festival live on the following streaming devices:
Amazon Fire Stick
Samsung Smart TV
How to Watch 2019 Cheltenham Festival Free Live Anywhere in the World?
Many of the horses who starred in the 2018 edition of the Cheltenham Festival will return to Prestbury Park. Which horse are you excited to see? Which method did you choose to unblock ITV? Was it VPN with ExpressVPN or Smart DNS with Unlocator? Feel free to give me a shout out in the comment section.
Streaming gadgets geek. Interested in every little thing there is to know about bypassing regional restrictions. An avid believer in the right to protect online privacy. Charles has also reviewed plenty of VPN service providers and knows how to separate the good apples from the bad ones.